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( cheers and applause ) >> stephen: welcome to the report, everybody, thank you for joining us. levly people, lovely people. >> stephen, stephen, stephen! stephen, stephen, stephen! stephen, stephen, stephen! >> stephen: thank you so much, lad eyes and gentlemen, please. wonderful. and happy birthday to estonia. it's a tiny country with a good pr department. folks, last night was the 20th gop presidential debate. last night's big winner was mitt romney. who slapped down rick santorum's accusation that romneycare is what lead to
obamacare. just watch mitt slip the script. >> the reason we have obamacare is because the senator supported pat toomey are over pat toomey arlen specter voted for obamacare. if you had not supported him, if we said no to arlen specter we would not have obamacare. so don't look at me. take a look in the mirror. >> stephen: yeah, rick. if you didn't endorse this clown in 2004 who cast the deciding vote on obamacare five years later, we wouldn't have obama's disastrous government mandated health care that mitt romney designed. (laughter) so look in the mirror, buddy! you're not going to like what you see. but what really-- (applause) what really sealed mitt's victory was his answer to john king's final question. >> what the biggest misconception about you in
the public debate right now. we are geeing have to add dramatic fundamental change in washington d.c. we're going have to create more jobs v less debt and shrink the size of government. the only person -- >> are there misconception, the question is a misconception. >> you get to ask the questions you want, i get to give the answers i want. >> fair enough. >> stephen: yes, wait with way to go, mitt. boom boom. you can give whatever answers you want who cares what the question was. (laughter) i love this! i want to try. okay. jimmy, hit me with one of last night's questions. >> why was george w. bush wrong in his efforts to save the auto industry and why was barack obama wrong to continue the effort. >> lincoln. (laughter) because the question i'm answering is what is the capital of nebraska. okay, i'm good at this. i'm good at this give me another. >> my question to all the candidates is how do you plan on dealing with the growing nuclear threat in
iran. >> he was stabbed with an icicle and it melted. okay, i'm on a roll. i'm on a roll. >> what are you going to do to bring down the debt? >> tub thumping by chumbawumba. the people know! this gives hope to all of us. president romney will make us great again. imagine how well our kids will do on tests. what is the quad ratic equation. answer, once at camp but i didn't like it. now you may ask, you may ask if mitt doesn't want to answer the question, why did he agree to a debate to which i say, 34 double d. of course it has not all been smooth sailing for
romney. recently a controversial mormon practice has caught the attention of author and holocaust survivor elie wiesel who shared his concerns with author and msnbc survivor lawrence o'donnell. jim? elie wiesel calls on mitt romney to make mormon church stop proxy baptisms of jews. that's right. the mormon church baptizes jews against their will and without their knowledge after they are dead. >> we learned about a procedure in the mormon church, i think 600,000, 650,000 dead jews were converted posthumously. so they began -- so we began protesting. >> stephen: what business is it of yours, elie? i did some research and it turns out those 600,000 jews are now mormon. besides, the mormons have
stopped baptizing holocaust victims. other than last week when they baptized ann frank, which they've done nine times. but that's it nobody else. >> and then this week a researcher found elie wiesel's name on a list of people to be baptized after their death. >> stephen: now i don't get why elie wiesel is so up set about his name being on a list. but unfortunately for mitt, this controversy just seems like it will not die. and if it did, the mormons with would posthumously baptize it. so let me explain the ritual, okay. what happens is a mormon elder reads a list of dead people's names while living mormon proxy is submerged in water. off then a large bap 'tis mall font on the back of 12 oxen representing the 12 tribes of israel. the mormons use it to travel back to baptize people in the past.
its-- it's like it's some kind of -- >> hot tub time machine. >> stephen: that's it. (cheers and applause) >> stephen: i didn't even know the this guy was a mormon. now i want to be clear. as television's most famous and important catholic, i do not condone post muss mormon baptism. if are you going to baptize someone against their will, you do it the catholic way request with an inquisition. but i think the mormons are being misunderstood here. mormons are just trying to get these dead jews in to heaven. now of course they're not allowed to be the best mormon heaven. that's in the celestial kingdom, and is for true born mormons only. it is the first class cabin of paradise. hot towel, warm nut, the whole shebang.
but don't worry dead jewish viewers, you do-- (laughter) you do get admitted to the ter restrial kingdom which is sorts of like mormon heaven business class. and finally the riffraff end up in the tellestial kingdom, the sphere populated by the liar, sourcerers, adulterers and whoremongers so it is literally like flying coach. (applause) but you know, my jewish friends are up set. so right now i'm going to balance everything out by converting all the dead mormons to juddaism, jay, get out here. jay, come on, jay, the intern, everybody. how are you, buddy, thanks for doing this. now jay, jay, you are going to be my jewish proxy for all the dead mormons.
>> do i get college credit for this? >> stephen: sure, comparative religion. of course, jews don't baptize so instead i will now proxy circumcise all the dead mormons. okay. jay, hold this hot dog right there, okay. hold that a little-- hold that a little low. (laughter) >> stephen: all right. all right, now by the power vested in me, by renting yentl, i hearby -- hereby circumcise every dead mormon in the name of the father, and that's it. (cheers and applause) mormon-tov. congratulations, dead mormons, you're now-- congratulations dead mormons, you're now dead jews. i just pray that no one baptizes you without your permission. we'll be right back. thank you, jay.
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>> stephen: welcome back, everybody. my guest tonight is the most famous opera singer in the world, even better, you're not watching pbs. please welcome practise i hado domingo-- plascido domingo. thank you so much, please, sit down. now, now, sir, i'm an enormous fan. not only of you but of the form of opera. >> really. >> stephen: yeah, because you get your money's worth out of opera. >> absolutely. not enough. >> stephen: it's pricey. it's pricey. i love the way that you offer people just stock the. >>y crowd for those ticket
prices. but you really give the people something for their money. like you are burst into tears 15 minutes in and the leading lady dies for like four hours. what's the longest it's taken to you die on stage? >> well, actually, i'm just doing an opera, now. with -- >> sorry what? >> simonee. >> okay, but go ahead. >> okay, so this character, this character gets poisoned in the second act and i die in the third act, you know. >> so this is the longest it took me to die. >> and you have sung in the most viewed opera of off time. your production ofs to ca was seen by a billion people, correct? >> right. >> wow, that's one out of every six people on the planet. or like two-thirds of the chinese. either one. >> well, yes. >> why is is the ten ors get
all the attention. why do the tennors always get the girl. why not the bar i tone. >> well, the big cess because the tennors,-- you know, and sometimes they are good looking. not always, you know. >> you look like the most interesting man in the world. >> (cheers and applause) >> you know. >> i don't always, i don't always sing opera, but when i do i'm the tennor. >> of course. >> now i got one problem with opera. why all the european languages? why the italian, the spanish, french, german, why not good solid american operas? have you done an american opera. >> yeah. >> were you like mustafa in the lion king. >> i have done some american operas. and they are very, very good american operas also. but of course the opera was born 400 years ago in europe. and of course, tart in italy, you know, then french,
russian, german. and scandinavian countries. >> the best op ra, what does that sound like. >> the best op ra, i cannot say. >> rigolleta, that song. >> absolutely, the most popular song. >> it is so known, the opera, that the whole evening they are, the public is sitting, you know, in 9 auditorium and when it comes-- everybody rigoletto. >> they sing along, is it like a-- concert. >> no, they don't, that wab fun, you know, just say come on, sing with us. come on. >> join in the chorus. >> dow ever teach people to sing. do you do master classes, that kind of stuff. >> i sometimes. >> would you teach me how to sing. >> absolutely. >> i tell you what, when we come back, placido and i, we will opera.